COVID-19 and Mental Health

Talking to Students About COVID-19
Here are some suggestions to consider as you provide support to your student regarding the coronavirus: 

  • Limit your students’ exposure to the media; 
  • Provide a calming influence on children, as needed; and
  • Help your children address their fears and validate their feelings. 
 

Additionally, here is some kid-friendly language you can use to describe COVID-19 and the pandemic situation we are facing:

 

COVID-19 (also called Coronavirus) is a new virus that doctors and scientists are still learning about. This virus has made a lot of people sick, but scientists and doctors think that most people will be okay, especially kids. Some people may get pretty sick. Doctors and health experts are working hard to help people stay healthy. It’s important for all of us to work together to follow instructions on how to be well. For most people who do become sick with COVID-19, it will feel like the flu – a fever, cough, and sometimes having a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten the virus have not gotten very sick, but it may take a couple of weeks to feel better again. Only a small number of people who get it have had more serious problems. 

Local Mental Health Resources
We understand that the mental health needs of our students continue, even when we are not in school. If you have concerns about the mental health or well-being of a child in your care, please use the resources below to assist in getting them the support that they need, or call 9-1-1. 
 
  • STARRY Counseling - Distance Services
       254-434-5232 
       The online forms below are needed for services to begin.
      Crisis Hotline 1-800-440-9789
  • Pecan Valley MHMR
      906 Lingleville Highway
      Stephenville, Texas 76401
      Crisis Hotline 1-800-772-5987
      254-968-4181
       411 North Belknap Street       
       Stephenville, Texas 76401
       254-965-1500
  • Surepoint Emergency Center Stephenville
       2108 W. Washington St.
       Stephenville, Texas 76401
       254-434-2093
 

Additional Support

Lastly, we want to direct you to a few helpful documents. Click each document title to download the file: 

Food Pantry Information
Food Pantry
 

COVID-19 IDD and Behavioral Health Resources 

Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional changes due to the pandemic can seek help from these resources.